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Matunga Gymkhana 6-Red Open Handicap Snooker Tournament.
Kohli rallies past Bijlani

Pawan Kohli of Khar Gymkhana rallied from trailing on two occasions to enter the final qualifying round in the second phase of the Matunga Gymkhana 6-Red Snooker Tournament on Sunday.

Kohli endured a rusty start as he trailed 1-2 and 2-3 before surprising formidable Sanjiv Bijlani of Park Club with an exciting 4-3 win that included winning the decider in a black-ball finish. In another tie that went the distance, Karan Mangat rallied to beat Khar Gymkhana marker Manoj Kasare after trailing 1-2 and being forced into the decider.

Meanwhile, Hitesh Kotwani of PJ Hindu Gymkhana and JVPG marker Mahadev Bhogle advanced to the elite round following convincing 4-1 wins.

The others who entered the final qualifying round were, Vimal Thakkar of Dadar Club, Harmehr Mago of Khar Gymkhana, Sunil Jain of Elphinstone Cricket Club, marker Ajit Kobnak of PJ Hindu Gymkhana, Prabdeep Singh of MIG and 2014 state junior snooker champion Nimish Kulkarni of PYC, Pune who fired the tournament’s highest break of 65 thus far.

Results:

2nd Phase: Final qualifying rd: Hitesh Kotwani bt Rahil Patel 46-31, 31-35, 43-11, 52-25, 51-8; Mahadev Bhogle bt Jayesh Salvi 46-24, 26-66, 46-17, 43-22, 45-17. 

1st Rd: Karan Mangat bt Manoj Kasare 51-22, 26-49, 29-49, 58-29, 41-33, 33-54, 56-16; Hitesh Kotwani bt Sagar Jain 52-26, 43-20, 46-22, 46-8; Rahil Patel bt Yogesh Sharma 43-25, 63-16, 29-36, 49-15, 42-40; Vimal Thakkar bt Amol Abdagiri 54-47, 28-45, 11-48, 45-23, 47-10, 38-11; Harmehr Mago bt Kewal Mahadeshwar 59-38, 61-48, 37-44, 60-47, 50-21; Sunil Jain bt Ankit Thakkar 44-43, 52-25, 47-37, 36-38, 22-47, 49-38; Pawan Kohli bt Sanjiv Bijlani 9-47, 66-27, 18-54, 43-14, 20-42, 46-15, 42-40; Ajit Kobnak bt Vipul Shah 49-28, 41-35, 34-21, 54-26; Ajinkya Yelve bt Rohan Sakalkar 16-54, 30-39, 36-27, 69-15, 45-21, 46-34; Prabdeep Singh bt Chintamani Jadhav 54-45, 47-27, 37-46, 39-22, 41-38; Nimish Kulkarni bt Nakul Parker 73-16, 46-18, 25-49, 38-17, 22-50, 61-29.